Like many modern women, menswear is the pulse that my heart beats to, and the hand beating the proverbial fashion drum has long belonged to menswear genius Scott Sternberg, designer of Band of Outsiders and its womenswear counterpart Boy by Band of Outsiders.
Band of Otusiders and its Womenswear offshoot have attracted a strong celebrity fan base over the years, with Kirsten Dunst even modeling for the label back in 2009. Their SS2011 presentation was no different, as celebrities and fashionistas alike, including Aziz Ansari, almost every cast member of The City (including Creative Director of Elle Joe Zee), Tavi, Rachel Zoe’s lackey Brad Goreski, and even Grace Coddington, crowded into the presentation room.
Looking forward to spring, Boy by Band of Outsiders presented a smart, reliable collection strongly rooted in Sterberg’s “she’s just one of the guys” philosophy. Cool boxy-fitting tops populated the collection, whether they were preppy-inspired striped sweaters, or light cropped and printed jackets. One of the standout looks was a floral printed short and jacket set that captured the spirit of the line, menswear for the most chic of girls. Footwear complimented the looks with canvas espadrilles and oxfords, while sunnies from Illesteva rounded out the chic styling.
Completely upstaging Boy though was the debut of the newest Band of Outsiders diffusion line, the lower priced Girl. Sterberg’s collection of sweet and charming feminine pieces veered away from what he’s best known for, but did so effortlessly and amazingly. Floaty and airy were the themes of the collection’s daywear, with long sheer dresses and skirts covered in a delicate floral print unmistakably capturing the romantic feminism so commonly associated with spring. Although idyllic and romantic, the pieces were modest, baring but a shoulder here and a flash of stomach there.
Makeup for the daywear of the collection was fresh faced, with hair pulled back simply to show off the model’s dew-kissed faces. Another brilliant compliment to Girl was the footwear of choice, a light colored platform resembling a fresh slab of wood attached to the models’ feet with delicate strands of fabric. Indeed, as the models stood for the presentation clouded in mist and light rain, I couldn’t help but feel as if this debut collection was inspired by images of romantic wood nymphs. “Girly” would be an understatement; Sterberg’s SS2011 collected presented full fledged femininity at its finest.
While Girl’s daywear was impressive, it was the eveningwear that got my heart’s drum b-b-beating. The overlap of Band of Outsider’s traditional menswear chic and Sterberg’s new feminine outlook was exhilarating, and produced one of the most cohesive collections of the season. The eveningwear was clearly designed for the sleek but playful woman. Flirty and flouncy skirts were balanced out with smartly cut blazers and sweaters, all in an intoxicating palette of rich white and neutral grey tones.
Some of the standout looks were the below short tuxedo dress, which displayed an ease and practicality uncommon in most womenswear today.
Another eveningwear standout was the asymmetrical cut dress, again inherently wearable in principle with its flattering drop waist cut. What set it apart, though, was the subtle sexiness the piece exuded thanks to a sheer top-half and flouncy, flirty bottom-half.
With his SS2011 presentation, Scott Sternberg was crossing his fingers, hoping that success of the boyish house he’d built would withstand the addition of a new wing. And not only did that new wing fit in perfectly with the rest of the Band of Outsiders home, but it’s the ideal spot for me to bang my fashion drum in!
Don’t miss our Behind-the-Scenes video from backstage before the Band of Outsiders SS2011 presentation, thanks to Shiseido. Get to see the outfits, the photographers, and how the pretty people get even prettier. Enjoy!
Image layouts by the fantastic Phaymiss.
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